Slides from the MASH & Early Help Workshops are available here.
What is the Early Help Assessment?
The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is designed to assist practitioners in a range of settings to assess the needs of families, children and young people.
It replaces the Universal Help Assessment (UHA), formerly the Common Assessment Framework (CAF).
The EHA can be used by schools, health, housing or prevention and early help services across Southampton.
It can also be used to coordinate more complex early help provision including intensive family support such as Families Matter.
The underlying principles of the Early Help Assessment are:
- To allow the practitioner to assess the needs of the whole family and to support the development of an Early Help Plan.
- To facilitate the assessment of all family members and allow family members to identify their level of need and measure progress themselves. This approach models the outcome star and strengthening family’s approach, which is also used by services in Southampton.
- To enable an holistic assessment of the whole family’s needs, which should not focus on the policy or statutory obligations of a single service.
- It is a transferable document and can be shared between agencies, where family consent has been given.
When should it be used?
The assessment is usually completed for families with a level of need described as level 2, Universal Plus or level 3, Universal Partnership Plus, (see Southampton’s LSCB Continuum of Need).